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Vine Arts Festival Happens August 17-20

17 Aug

WebOver 40 artists will be participating in the 2nd Annual Vine Arts Festival starting August 17th. This is a community-driven event which features visual and performing artists along with eco-conscious community leaders, herbalists, musicians, urban farmers and woodcarvers.  The festival is a celebration of the Coast Salish landscape with a focus on re-wilding the city. There are a number of performances and eco-events taking place in 4 East Vancouver parks specifically Maclean Park, Norquay Park, Trout Lake Park and Pandora Park.  At one of the events, Lori Wiedenhammer, author of Victory Garden For Bees will be on hand running workshops as will Lori Snyder, who is a First Nations herbalist and urban foraging expert. An interesting new addition to this year’s festival includes the  Grass-Roots Project. The director, Heather Lamoureux has commissioned three activists to create works focusing on art as a tool for social change. Also, there will be a ‘teaser showcase’ of an upcoming youth project from The Only Animal Theatre Company which will be premiering at the Vancouver Fringe Festival called ‘Generation Hot’.  For a full rundown of what events are happening in which park, we invite you to check out their website which has all the details.  Note, all the events are free and the main event takes place this Saturday, August 20th at Trout Lake/John Hendry Park from Noon to 7:00 pm.  

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Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series Is Back For 2016

6 Jul

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The Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting tonight. If you have not checked out this great free summer event, you are missing out.  This annual event is hosted by the Trout Lake Community Center, 3360 Victoria Drive.  Concerts happen every Wednesday evening throughout the summer rain or shine. We had the opportunity to take in a few of the concerts last year and we have to say, it was a pretty perfect way to spend an evening.  Bring a blanket, your friends, or the dog or both and a picnic and you are set.  For parents with small children, there is a playground where kids can play while you, at the same time, can take in the concert.  We have set out the musical line up for this summer below.  Each evening kicks off at 6:30 pm.  Note, any rained our concerts will be held in the Grandview Room. By the way, dancing is encouraged, so don’t be shy. Others certainly aren’t. If you are lucky, you will see a few couples showing off their exceptional dancing skills which we witnessed last year which added to the evening.  We encourage you to check out this popular fun free event.

July 6
SANCTUARY ALL STARS
A 17 piece big swing jazz band led by Bob Liley.

July 13
WHEAT IN THE BARLEY
A blend of their traditional tunes will be a big hit with all-ages audiences.

July 20
SODA CRACKERS
Vintage country, jazz and roots music.

July 27
DEANNA KNIGHT & THE HOT CLUB OF MARS
Travel back in time to the early jazz era of the 1920’s & 30’s and experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-jazz ensembles.

August 3
THE LONESOME TOWN PAINTERS
Vancouver’s traditional bluegrass standard-bearers.

August 10
RIO SAMAYA BAND
Original music of songs and poetry in a magical combination of Latin, Reggae & Rhumba.

August 17
SILK ROAD
A musical adventure that explores China and beyond. Silk Road Music delivers virtuosity and imagination.

August 24
PATRIZIA COLETTA
A musician/vocalist performing a variety of music in multiple languages.

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Photo Credit: Deanna Knight

Spring & Summer Farmer Markets In East Van

26 Apr

BerriesThe warm Spring weather is now here which also means more great local produce. We are fortunate to have yet another season of farmers markets lined up which offers us not only produce, but handmade goods, artisans breads, locally made jams, cheese, free range and organic eggs and of course wineries, breweries and makers of spirits are now on hand offering tastings as well.  Each market is unique and offers a little something different. Trout Lake is the largest and a great place to sit down and have a picnic on the spot at the park with your new purchases. River District is one of the smaller markets situated just below Marine Drive at the foot of Kerr Street in SE Vancouver, but generally different vendors than the markets organized by Vancouver Farmers Market.  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is also smaller than Trout Lake, but we love that it’s on a Sunday so giving some options when faced with a busy weekend.  The Italian Market is held on Friday afternoons in front of the Italian Cultural Centre and is a personal favourite. Along with produce, you will find artisans, food trucks, coffee and more. The added bonus is the Italian Cultural Centre usually has a number of other events going on including art on display, live music and/or dancing.  The Main Street Farmers Market is a great afternoon market and perfect for those just leaving downtown for home, or a quick cycle from Mount Pleasant and the Olympic Village.  We have set out below the dates when the markets begin and end for the Spring/Summer season.

Trout Lake Farmers Market:
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday May 7th – October 22nd
Location: North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley

Main Street Station Farmers Market:
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday June 1st to October 5th
Location: 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market:
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Sunday June 12th  – October 9th
Location: Guelph Street between 7th & 8th Avenues (on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park)

River District Farmers Market:
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Every Saturday May 14th  – October 15th
Location: 8683 Kerr Street (at E. Kent Avenue S.)

Il Mercato: Italian Market:
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
June 17th, July 15th and August 19th
Location: Il Centro, Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street (off Grandview Highway)

We encourage you to come out and support these local producers and vendors.

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series July 8 – August 26

22 Jun

TroutLakeConcertSeriesThe Trout Lake Community Center, 3360 Victoria Drive, begins their weekly free outdoor Summer Concert Series Wednesday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. with the Brock House Band. This is a 17 piece big band with a vocalist style from the 1940-1970s and includes a dance performance by Dez Dancer during their break. The following week, July 15th you will find Silk Road performing. Up next on July 22nd the Soda Crackers hits this stage with vintage country, jazz and roots music.

July 29th brings Group Truva to the stage with a combination of traditional Turkish and international influences. On August 5th, Caracus will explode on stage with Ska beats, jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms along with tons of Latin mojo for what is expected to be a lively show. On August 12th, the Rio Samaya Band brings you original songs and poetry that combine Latin, reggae and rhumba.  Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars will travel back in time on August 19th and bring you sounds from the early jazz era of the 1920s and 1930s. Lastly, on August 26th Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group brings you a mix of many sounds including reggae, Calypso, gospel, modern funk, jazz, blues, salsa and more.

All performances will be held on the East side of Trout Lake Community Centre. There will again be a BBQ and a kids art station.  You are invited to bring a blanket, bring the family, your friends and come enjoy the music. Dancing is encouraged. Note, any rained out concerts will be held in the Grandview Room.

New In Town: Second Nature Home Eco-Friendly & Organic Products For Home

21 Feb

second_nature_logo_webWe would like to introduce to a great new store in East Vancouver called Second Nature Home brought to you by social entrepreneur, Elizabeth McKitrick. Second Nature Home is a retail store entirely focused on eco-friendly and organic products for the home. If you get a chance to talk with Elizabeth, you will quickly realize she is passionate about the environment and living a sustainable life.

Second Nature Home has an amazing array of items for the home including locally sourced products for the home, curated decorative arts as well as a great vintage section. What we loved was the refilling station for laundry soaps, shampoo, dish detergent, body wash and hand soap with products from local companies, Sapadilla Soap Co., Pacific Coast Soapworks and Gingko & Maple. Their products are made from natural and organic ingredients with essential oils. Elizabeth has bottled product lines available for sale, or you can bring your own containers to the shop and fill them there. The beauty of this, of course, is no plastics to recycle. The added bonus is the wonderful aromatherapy of the soap products themselves, including lavender-lime, grapefruit-bergamot, rosemary-peppermint (some unscented options available too).

Second Nature offers custom gift baskets for any occasion that can be put together with local organic products, and coming soon is an online gift registry. Oh and did we mention bicycle delivery to the local neighbourhood–a trial service will be rolled out this summer, beginning in the Trout Lake/Cedar Cottage area. When it comes to being a socially responsible company, Elizabeth not only talks the talk, she walks the walk. Second Nature Home provides valuable skills development opportunities and mentoring for immigrant women and supports community ecological activity.

Second Nature Home is located at 1827 Victoria Diversion which is the one block stretch that connects Victoria Drive and Commercial Drive located next to the Croatian Cultural Centre. Second Nature Home is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, but open Fridays until 8:00 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and closed Mondays.

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Tomato Fest At Trout Lake Farmers Market Saturday August 23rd

20 Aug

TomatoFestAug.23This Saturday you are invited to come out to the Trout Lake Farmers Market and celebrate tomatoes! Vancouver Farmers Market will be showcasing the diversity of tomatoes grown by local farmers with over 150 varieties on hand. You will be able to find all sorts of shapes, colours, sizes, heirlooms, hybrids, organic, greenhouse and conventional.

You can expect to find a tomato display, recipes, information as well as a tasting station with samples of Black Krim, Green Zebra, Taxi, Brandywine and many more. This year, they will also be celebrating the sweeter side of tomatoes in honour of award-winning gelatiere, James Coleridge from Bella Gelateria. James will be crafting a tomato basil gelato from Sole Food Street Farms tomatoes and Earth Apple Farm basil. This limited edition gelato will be available at the Trout Lake Farmers Market this Saturday until it is sold out. Proceeds go to help support farmers markets in Vancouver. The Tomato Festival kicks off when the market starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 2:00 p.m.

World Cup Final Game: Celebrate Soccer & Samba Sunday July 13th

10 Jul

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In case you missed it, soccer fever has gripped Vancouver.  The number of country flags on passing vehicles around town might give you some insight.   Various locations around East Vancouver have been buzzing with fans gathering to watch their favourite teams. Commercial Drive has certainly been a hub for soccer fever with the sheer number of restaurants, bars and coffee shops showing the game.  Our favourite tweet on Twitter last week was by David C. Jones who summed up people’s passion for the game “Only on Commercial Drive can you walk into a café and be told ‘you have to wait until after this penalty kick’.”

There are many options to watch the final game in East Vancouver outside of the usual bars and coffee shops, including the Rio Theatre which is a free event and local community centres. The City of Vancouver has announced another great option this Sunday for soccer fans for the final match up.  The City is organizing a free outdoor World Cup Soccer event at Trout Lake (John Hendry Park) this Sunday, July 13th . The game will be displayed on a 13 X 23 foot LED screen which will be set up in the park. The day is intended to be a celebration of soccer and samba.

Also scheduled for Sunday morning, members of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be running a soccer clinic for children aged 7-12 on July 13 at the Trout Lake Community Centre. The clinic will be led by Vancouver-born Sam Lenarduzzi who played for nine years with Whitecaps FC. Registration will take place at 10:00 am with the hour long clinic beginning at 10:15 am. Word is out about the Whitecaps Soccer Clinic and there is now a wait list. If you wish to add your child’s name, visit the sign up page at Eventbrite.

This day of celebrating soccer and samba will also feature live performances from local South American and Brazilian cultural troupes, a best-dressed fan contest, face painting and a station where kids can design their own soccer jersey. The event is only able to accommodate up to 800 people and although the event was just announced it is already sold out.  So soccer fever has struck Vancouver. Wherever you watch the final game this Sunday, do a little samba for the host country Brazil.

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